Re­turn­ing play­ers to face rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle

RUGBY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

RICHIE Wil­liams is hop­ing to get some key play­ers back in the next month to help steer Amer­sham & Chiltern away from the threat of rel­e­ga­tion, writes Tim Street.

The Na­tional Three London & SE side have been strug­gling with in­juries all sea­son and last week added props Ziana Alexis (back) and Joe Win­penny (arm) to the list of crocks.

How­ever, head coach Wil­liams re­mained up­beat, de­spite los­ing 3429 at home to rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals West­cliffe on Satur­day.

He said: “Joe has seen a spe­cial­ist and could be back by the end of the month, while Ziana played on Satur­day but is strug­gling with his back. We are down to the bare bones in back row, which has been a con­tin­u­ing theme this sea­son.

“We should also have Tom Black­burn back by the end of the month. He will be a key player in the last few games of the sea­son, so we don’t want to rush him back be­fore he’s ready.

“We al­ready have Gareth Wehrle, who worked hard on his re­hab, back from a long-term in­jury, and we should also be get­ting Tom Gram­meros, who has been in Ire­land with his fam­ily, back. We have missed his lead­er­ship on and off the pitch. We have 10 games left and should have a full com­pli­ment for the last eight or so. It’s in our own hands, but there’s some strong teams be­low us, and any­one can beat any­one in this league.”

Dean McClen­non’s try gave Chiltern a nar­row half-time lead on Satur­day and, after then fall­ing be­hind, they hit back through fur­ther tries from George Bartlett, Tom Shiel and Wil­liams to lead 2914 with 20 min­utes left.

How­ever, with two Chiltern play­ers in the sin bin, West­cliffe came back with two tries be­fore snatch­ing the win with a penalty and drop goal in in­jury time.

George Bartlett runs in a try for A&C against West­cliffe

Wil­liams frus­trat­ing.

“We were lead­ing com­fort­ably with 15 min­utes left but were guilty

added: “It was

very of re­lax­ing after we got the bonus point. They came back well, but we lost the game as op­posed to them win­ning it.”

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